Flight Instructor Rating

Start your journey toward becoming a qualified Flight Instructor with Air Gold Coast's ASQA and CASA approved Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor).

AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor) &
CASA Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)
14 weeks Full Time  | Not available Part Time
Domestic AU$40,972.50 | International AU$N/A | Instalments Available
VET Student Loans available to eligible full time domestic students
Course Start Dates: 5 February 2024 | 27 May 2024 | 9 September 2024
Gold Coast Airport, Australia
Australian CPL, ASIC, Class 1 Medical, Spinning Endorsement

Summary information for guidance purposes only. Conditions and eligibility criteria apply. Details below.

Course Details


Air Gold Coast's Flight Instructor Rating course is conducted in accordance with the requirements in CASA Part 61T.

The course commences with an aeronautical knowledge assessment and right hand seat introduction flight (included in tuition fees) followed by a 2 week Flight Instructor Rating theory and the TAE for Aviation module. The Flight Instructor Rating course is based on the FAA Flight Instructor Handbook.

Candidates will then undertake an intensive ten weeks classroom and flying program to develop the skills required to be successful Flight Instructor. Flight training sessions are conducted in a Cessna 172.

Upon successful completion of the course graduates will be issued with a CASA Flight Instructor Rating with a Grade 3 Training Endorsement and AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor).



Course Outcomes:

All course outcomes are Australian nationally recognised qualifications registered with and regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

• AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Instructor Rating)
• CASA Flight Instructor Rating (FIR)

Course Duration: 14 weeks full time (Part Time not available)

Mode of Delivery: Face to face on-site

Course Intakes:

5 February 2024

27 May 2024

9 September 2024

Note: Minimum numbers apply. Course dates subject to change.

Course Structure:

Phase I: Training and Assessment Theory (2 weeks)
Phase II: Flight Instruction Training (10 weeks)

Phase III: Design Feature Training Endorsement (DFTE) (2 weeks) - Optional

Enrolment Details

Domestic Students

Entry Criteria:

  • AVI50215, AVI50219 or AVI50222 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane)  or Australian Commercial Pilots’ Licence (Recognition of Prior Learning will apply)
  • Hold a current Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate
  • Hold a current Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
  • Spin Flight Activity Endorsement (can be completed during course)
  • Successfully pass CASA PMI exam (complete prior to course commencement and after enrolment is confirmed)
  • Complete pre-enrolment questionnaire and interview with Air Gold Coast

Tuition Fees:

Estimated Total Tuition Fees*: A$40,972.50 (including DFTE)
Estimated Non Tuition Fees*:  A$335
Estimated Total Course Cost*: A$41,307.50

Estimated Total Course Cost*: A$36,657.50 (excluding optional Design Feature Training Endorsement).

*Fees are subject to change. Training as part of AVI50419 Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction) is GST exempt. Full details, terms and conditions provided in writing upon successful application.

Payment Options:

Self funded domestic students may pay at the commencement of each Unit of Study or in 12 equal weekly instalments.

This course is approved for VET Student Loans (VSL). Australian students may apply to use VSL only if they are eligible and undertake the course full time.

For more information, including a full breakdown of our current Tuition and Non-Tuition Fees, please visit our VSL Page.

Flight Training Inclusions

Tuition Fee Inclusions:

• Principles and Methods of Instruction and TAE for Aviation Course
• 36.5 Hours Dual Flying
• 7.0 Hours Mutual Flying
• 1.5 Hours Flight Test
• 1.5 Hours I-Gate Simulator
• 95 Hours Dual Briefings

• 20.5 Hours Pre and Post Flight Briefings
• 27.5 Hours Readback Briefings
• Landing and Airways Charges
• Training and Assessment briefings


Non-Tuition Fees:

Our training fees do NOT include the following items which students will need to provide at their own expense:

• Cost associated with gaining Spin Flight Activity Endorsement

• CASA PMI Exam Fee: Approx $185.00

• Text books: Approx $150.00 (ATC Flight Training Manual and ASA Flight Training Manual)

Note: Second and subsequent attempts for exams and flight tests, remedial ground and flight training are an additional student expense . They are charged at the relevant course aircraft/ instructor hourly rate.

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
2024-FIR-05-May 27/05/2024 30/08/2024 $40,972.50
2024-FIR-09-September 09/09/2024 13/12/2024 $40,972.50